Prog Gnosis: A Self-Interrogation

Prog Gnosis

If you are at all familiar with our Nine Circles Audio Thing podcast, you’re most likely acquainted with (and probably tired of) my constant refrain of, “I just don’t like prog, dude.” We’ve been covering a lot of progressive stuff on our recent Album of the Month episodes, between February’s Intronaut and our recent Katatonia episodes, so I’ve had a lot of reason to make my feelings on the subject known. But, if you look at any of my year end lists, you can see quite a number of albums on there that are, without question, prog metal albums of some degree or another. Most famously, last year’s Waste of Space Orchestra album won my heart despite being very prog heavy, and breaking my “I don’t like albums longer than an hour” code as well. So when it comes down to it…do I actually not like prog? And if I do like it, why do I spend so much time maligning it? These questions gave me a lot of thought, and with nothing better to do during a quarantine than pick apart my own psyche, I decided to at least be scientific about the process and write it all down. What’s to follow is something of a primer about what makes an album ‘Prog That I Like’ versus ‘Prog That I Don’t Like’ and is inspired by four albums, of this ilk, I’ve listened to lately. Continue reading

The Third Circle of Bandcamp: April 2020 Edition

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I have lost all track of time. It moves both fast and slow, leaving me confused about both the day of the week and the month. It’s still cold out where I am, yet it’s mid-May? Another thing that has caused me to lose track of time is April’s ridiculously stacked set of releases, which I’ve turned into a playlist that slaps and grooves and causes time to simply disappear. It’s a real banger, so I hope you are ready.

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Album Review: Oranssi Pazuzu — “Mestarin Kynsi”

Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi

Once again, Oranssi Pazuzu’s oneironauts have emerged from Wastement, their base of operations for psychedelic voyages into one’s inner self, and unleashed their latest opus Mestarin Kynsi to illuminate and mesmerize in these dark, uncertain times.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: April 12 – 18, 2020

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Black Dahlia Murder

I’m out of words for much other than metal at this point. On that note, The Black Dahlia Murder lay down, quite possibly their best in a few years—so. damn. good., dark neofolk OLS mesmerize on their stunning effort, Oranssi Pazuzu put the capital P, B, and M in psychedelic black metal—no surprise to anyone I hope, and since every damn show every-damn-where is cancelled here comes Khemmis with a quick but great live EP that’ll bring back the good times. Tons more to follow so keep reading. Also, please support bands, labels, restaurants, and everything you can and in any way you can and if you can’t, don’t sweat it just hang in there. Continue reading

CANTO: Rotting Christ, Oranssi Pazuzu, Fozzy, and More

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Probably the most challenging day in all this so far.

  • To recover some of the funds lost from the recently postponed tour, Rotting Christ have begun selling the official tour shirts at this location. Honestly, given the situation, it’s a reasonable price and if you end up at one of the rescheduled tour dates, this could be dope swag to bust out.
  • Witches Hammer, who haven’t really been active in the last 30 years, are returning with a full-length release on April 25th through Nuclear War Now! Productions. The album will be called Damnation Is My Throne and you can listen to “Solar Winds” right now.
  • Some more rescheduled dates for lost tours are starting to surface, and the next comes from Fozzy. The North American dates that were originally scheduled for April and May are now lined up for July 10th through September 5th.
  • Lastly, we’ll close with the latest new single (and video) from Oranssi Pazuzu, titled “Uusi teknokratia”. A reminder that Mestarin kynsi drops on April 17th and I cannot fucking wait.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb